"Be respectful of the mentors who take the time to help you. Reciprocate kindness. Build sincere relationships."
What's your first name?
What's your last name?
Nice to meet you, Mariana! May we have your email address, please?
What's your Instagram username, Mariana? We'd love to check it out!
What is your location, Mariana?
State / Region
Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Mariana, how would you best describe yourself?
Our readers would love to get to know you more Mariana. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I love embellishment design; I love to work with my hands to make beautiful things. I want to make Haute Couture level craftsmanship accessible to everyone.
Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos?
Keep interviewing me!
What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Mariana?
I hope to be the person who creates that special piece in someone's collection that they treasure beyond trends.
How do you communicate with people Mariana? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I like to collaborate with my clients. I like to draw out their ideas, even when they have a tough time expressing them.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Mariana?
Not get distracted by being too safe or too practical.
Who is your hero Mariana, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
Successful women who have overcome adversity to succeed in their creativity
How important are creative education courses Mariana? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I believe you need to have a good foundation of skill and cultural/design history to build your vision on.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Be respectful of the mentors who take the time to help you. Reciprocate kindness. Build sincere relationships.
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Photos by Mariana Leung